|St. Benedict - transept|
Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about sacred art :
2502 Sacred art is true and beautiful when its form corresponds to its particular vocation: evoking and glorifying, in faith and adoration, the transcendent mystery of God - the surpassing invisible beauty of truth and love visible in Christ, who "reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature," in whom "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily."(Heb 1:3; Col 2:9). This spiritual beauty of God is reflected in the most holy Virgin Mother of God, the angels, and saints. Genuine sacred art draws man to adoration, to prayer, and to the love of God, Creator and Savior, the Holy One and Sanctifier.
Our statues of Jesus are the most important of course. Here is the crucifix over our altar. Jesus is the center of our Church and the center of our parish.
|Crucifix in natural light|
On the right side of the main altar, we have a side altar dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As you know, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is also shown in the western transept window as well. It is a presentation of Jesus, accenting his humanity, that comes from the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
Perhaps the one statue of Jesus that needs explanation is the small Infant of Prague statue in the transept.
Here the Child Jesus is shown crowned and holding a globe surmounted by a Cross. This signifies Christ's Kingship over all. His right hand is shown in the traditional symbolic gesture used on icons and art work of Christ. The two fingers symbolize the hypostatic union (Jesus is BOTH God and man). The three fingers symbolize the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
Mary, whose titles include the "Blessed Virgin" and "Theotokos" (Mother of God), is well represented at St. Benedict's. Here are some photos of our statutes of Mary...
|Mary statue with Butterfly plant - Main Street|
|snake at base of Marian statue - detail|
see Genesis 3:15 - the protoevangelion
and Revelation 12 - "the moon under her feet"
|face of Mary - side altar statue, detail|
|Mary with Christ Child - rectory garden|
We have a wonderful statue of St. Joseph in our transept. St. Joseph is the Patron saint of the whole Church and of the Diocese of Buffalo. That is why Joseph gets a special place opposite our parish patron, Benedict.
|St. Joseph - transept|
|St. Francis, school garden |
in remembrance of the Franciscan Sisters who taught in our school
|St. Anthony of Padua - transept statue|
|St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower - transept|